Mostly cities get compared with biodiversity loss, disconnection from nature and many other negative comparisons. Nevertheless urban areas are still growing. At the moment over half of the global population is living in urban areas! However I believe that a city can be biodiverse and green! A green city that sounds like a contradiction, don’t you think? Many cities proofed a greener city is possible! Think for example about all the Green Captial awarded cities of the European Union. These cities increased their biodiversity in the city as well. So why cant we do it? The most important factor in these cities are citizens. Citizens can be of mayor influence within cities and that is the reason for this blog. I will give you some tips how to help reaching our own BiodiverCity!
- Building shelters for animals.
Many people want to close all the holes in their houses for isolation. In addition trees are not available in abundance. However these holes and trees can mean a lot for biodiversity. They can be homes for birds and bats. By building a home for these little creatures you can contribute to their habitat! Did you know that one little bat eats over 1000 mosquito’s and similar sized insects in one night? Building a bat house or a nesting box for birds is not as difficult as you may think! Otherwise there are always tiles you can place on your roof! These tiles function the same way as these home build houses for wildlife.
- Green your garden!
Many people got there garden full with tiles, little plants and tree variation. In addition many people like their gardens neat and tidy without leaves on the ground. However for biodiversity, this is not the best attitude. Remove a couple of tiles and plant a tree or some flowers! This creates more food for insects above and under the ground! In addition the rain water can get more absorbed into the soil. Another tip is to leave the fallen leaves on the soil. This creates a natural habitat for plenty of insects like wood louses, ants or worms. Wild About Gardens is website for more ideas how to make a wild life friendly garden.
- Start adopting green within your neighbourhood
The last tip is to contribute within neighbourhood initiatives. Buurtgroen is an initiative in the Netherlands. Neighbourhoods can adopt public spaces to implement for example more greens. If you have a green neglected space in the neighbourhood try to ask around if others want to involve as well! At the end it is also about creating awareness and try to educate others. Would it not be wonderful if you have an adopted green in the neighbourhood full with edible plants and trees and rich of insects?
With these simple tips, we as citizens can help the city creating a more diverse environment. I am aware that the list is not exclusive however these are just simple things you can do at home! There are even more things you can do. This link will even lead you to 52 more tips how to increase biodiversity! So why not give it a try?